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Extending Kitchen Cabinets to the Ceiling

When we moved into our house, we knew we had to renovate this kitchen. There were a lot of weird things and finishes that were used, but one of the weirder things was the cabinets. The bottom cabinets were great and had awesome storage and functionality. The upper cabinets also had great storage, but they were different heights from the ceiling. It was bizarre. They were almost like Frankenstein cabinets. Check out what they looked like below.

Looks bad, right? If we were going to keep these cabinets, I knew I needed to extend them to the ceiling to make them look cohesive. I we didn't want to spend the money to replace the cabinet this time, so extending them was the way were were going to go.

How to Extend Cabinets to the Ceiling


2x2x8 Furring Strips cut to the length of your cabinets

1/4in Underlayment cut to the height of the space in between the cabinet and the ceiling and cut to the length of the cabinet

Trim of your choice


1. Cut the furring strips to the length of the cabinets.

2. Attach the furring strips to the top of the cabinets using the screws and drill.

3. Using a spare piece of underlayment, mark where the top furring strip needs to be attached to the ceiling based on where the furring strip is attached to the cabinets.

4. Mark the studs using a stud finder.

5. Attach the furring strips to the ceiling

6. Cut the underlayment to the height between the cabinets and the ceiling and the length of the cabinets.

7. Attach underlayment to the furring strips with the brad nailer.

8. Add trim to areas where there are gaps or where the underlayment meets.

9. Caulk all corners and gaps.

Once these were painted, the end result was amazing! Check it out!!

What do you guys think? Did this fix the Frankenstein cabinets?


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